What’s the forecast? Slightly warm and fair – Osage County Fair that is

The Osage City Lions keep the grill fired up at the ever-popular Lions Club burger stand at the Osage County Fair. File photo.

Summer’s here and that means it’s fair season in Osage County. Just as the first county fair finished up last weekend at Melvern, the Osage County Fair at Osage City is building up steam for another week of fair excitement.

The fair officially opens Wednesday, June 28, 2017, with entry of all exhibits getting underway at 9 a.m., exhibits are accepted until 11 a.m. Judging begins promptly at 1 p.m. that day, and the evening’s highlight is the bucket calf, dairy and beef show beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fredrickson Arena.

The fair board has worked to make this year’s fair packed with entertainment, along with the traditional fun everyone anticipates. Thursday, June 29, is being billed as “Family Fun Night”, and kicks off with the longtime Osage City Chamber of Commerce parade along Market Street through the downtown. Official start time of the parade is 6:30 p.m., but anyone in the parade should note lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. on west Market Street.

This year’s parade theme is “Summertime Fun” – whether vacation, boating, fishing, camping, swimming, golfing, the races, barbeque in the backyard or baseball, it’s open to your imagination. For parade entry information, contact Diane Michael at 785-608-2277.

The Chamber is also hosting a kiddie parade this year that begins a half hour before the regular parade. Kids should lineup before 6 p.m. at Fourth and Market streets, from where the kiddie parade will head to Seventh Street.

The Chamber has announced this year’s parade grand marshal is Ann Lusk and the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City are Richard and Jeanette Swarts.

After the parade, families are encouraged to head to the fairgrounds, where the fun continues. Balloon artist Kelly Potter will make special creations 7-9 p.m., and  magician Eric Vaughn will perform at 8 p.m. under the big tent. Both events are free to the public.

Also open will be the livestock and exhibits buildings, Osage City Lions Club food stand in the community building, and barn quilts that will be auctioned off Saturday night at the livestock sale will be on display. The carnival lights up from 7-11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Thursday’s livestock exhibitions include the 4-H swine show at 8:30 a.m., and the 4-H sheep and goat show at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, June 30, the exhibitors will be working from early in the morning until evening, as the dog show starts at 8 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by the cat show and other pets show; 10 a.m., rabbit and poultry show; 4 p.m. animal costume contest; and 6 p.m., 4-H round robin showmanship competition.

Friday evening’s entertainment promises plenty of laughs with the barnyard olympics, starting at 7:30 p.m., with team check in at 6:30 p.m. At dark, an outdoor movie will play outside the pavilion.

Saturday’s fun starts with the antique tractor show at 9 a.m. At the arena at 11 a.m., kids can show off their muscles and farm skills in the pedal tractor pull and other games. Antique tractors begin to pull at 1 p.m. The unofficial end to the 2017 Osage County fair is Saturday night’s barn dance, featuring the Hudson Drive Band, and a beer garden.

While things begin to fold up at the fairgrounds on Saturday, this year the fair will wind down on Sunday, July 2, with some more community events, including “An American Patriotic Concert” at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, and an ice cream social at 8 p.m. at the pavilion, along with the Trent Crisswell Band performing at Fredrickson Arena. Then shortly after dark, or approximately at 10 p.m., the community fireworks show blasts off.

Remember, it’s your Osage County Fair: Everyone is invited!

Here’s the schedule for the fair:

2017 Osage County Fair, Osage City, June 24-July 2, 2017

Wednesday, June 28

  • 7 a.m. – Fairgrounds open to the public
  • 8-11 a.m. – ALL exhibits entry (including animal costume contest)
  • 11 a.m. – Mandatory livestock exhibitor meeting – Fredrickson Arena
  • 1 p.m. – Judging starts for Exhibits – OCPR Building (closed to the public while judging)
  • 6:30 p.m. – 4-H bucket calf, dairy, and beef show – Fredrickson Arena

Thursday, June 29

  • 8:30 a.m. – 4-H swine show – Arena
  • 6:30 p.m. – Chamber of Commerce Parade; Theme “Summertime Fun”; Downtown Osage City
  • 7-11 p.m. – Carnival
  • 7 p.m. – Family Fun Night – Magician Eric Vaughn on premises; Balloon artist Kelly Potter on premises; face painting, OCHS
  • 7:30 p.m. – 4-H sheep and goat show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 8 p.m. – Magic show featuring magician Eric Vaughn – outside pavilion

Friday, June 30

  • 8 a.m. – 4-H dog show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H cat and pet show – Fredrickson Arena
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H rabbit and poultry show – pavilion
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H and open class animal costume contest – Fredrickson Arena
  • 5 p.m. – Chef Allie cooking demonstration – community building
  • 6 p.m. – 4-H round robin showmanship – Fredrickson Arena
  • 7-11 p.m. – Carnival
  • 6:30-7 p.m. – Team check-in for barnyard olympics – outside pavilion
  • 7:30 p.m. – Barnyard olympics – Fredrickson Arena (immediately following round robin showmanship)
  • 9:30 p.m. – Outdoor movie sponsored by the Osage City Wrestling Club – outside pavilion

Saturday, July 1

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H livestock judging contest – Fredrickson Arena
  • 9 a.m. – Antique tractor show; west of football field
  • 10 a.m. – Kids games – outside pavilion
  • 11 a.m. – Kids pedal tractor pull; west of football field
  • 12-3 p.m. – All exhibits released from fairgrounds
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4-H style revue – community building
  • 1 p.m. – Antique tractor pull, west of football field
  • 6 p.m. – 4-H livestock sale – Fredrickson Arena
  • 7-11 p.m. – Carnival
  • 9 p.m. – Hudson Drive performance and barn dance – Fredrickson Arena

Sunday, July 2 – Community events

  • 3 p.m. – An American Patriotic Concert presented by the Community Chorus at the First Presbyterian Church
  • 8 p.m. – Ice cream social – pavilion
  • 8 p.m. – Trent Crisswell Band – Fredrickson Arena
  • 10 p.m. (approximately) – Community fireworks display

(The horse show was held on Saturday, June 24, at the Lyndon Saddle Club arena.) See www.osagecountyfair.org for more information.


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